Government wary of false terror threat reports
03 February 2014, 11:13
Nairobi - Kenyans have been urged to be aware of false terrorist alerts that were being perpetrated on social media but instead treat them as a misuse of such social platforms.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary, Engineer Michael Kamau, subsequently said claims that flights from Kenya to the United Kingdom had been cancelled due to impending terrorist attacks were “baseless rumors.”
“I am happy that the Permanent Secretary for Internal Security, Mutea Iringo, issued a statement to the effect that there was no truth in the claims,” said Kamau.
The claims of imminent terror attack on Kenyan soil had provoked a flurry of social media updates that flights from Kenya to the European country had been cancelled.
The British envoy to Kenya however denied any knowledge of a travel ban to Kenya saying that the official position was that airports in Kenya were safe and thus such claims were rumors.
Kamau said he spoke to Christian Turner, the British envoy, who confirmed to him that the claims were untrue.
He advised Kenyans to remain vigilant and report to the police any suspicious activities that might be a threat to national security.
A British paper carried an online report, which is queried, suggesting an imminent terror attack and ban of flights.
The report has been dismissed as dating back to 2003.
– CAJ News